Top of The World: Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, leveling apartment towers and other targets and a mounting death toll. And, with a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the health system in India, officials reported a new record number of daily deaths at 4,205 people. Also, an independent panel reviewing the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak said on Wednesday that the pandemic was preventable.
New Zealand has joined other countries in calling out China for its mistreatment of Uyghurs, but falls short of calling it "genocide." Critics say the condemnation has been "watered down" to protect China as an essential trade partner.
The Afghan ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about the security situation in Afghanistan, and the government's handling of it.
Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.
A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, sending students running out of the building as smoke poured from its windows.
In Brazil, hunger, poverty and unemployment have spiked alongside COVID-19. But the Landless Workers' Movement, a massive organization of small farmers, is doing its best to help tackle the problem.
At least five migrants have drowned off the coast of Libya, including a woman and child. The journey to a better life is often harrowing. Some migrants crossing the Mediterranean say they prefer death to being returned
The Taliban on Monday announced a three-day cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan this week. But hours later, a roadside bombing killed 11 passengers on a bus in eastern Afghanistan — the latest in relentless violence that has gripped the country.
Top of The World: Weeks of mounting tensions between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem’s Old City culminated in another violent clash on Monday. And, more than 1,000 migrants landed on Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa on Sunday in a span of a few hours. Also, a series of bombings at a girls’ school over the weekend in Afghanistan has left 85 people dead — many under the age of 15 — and more than 125 wounded.
At least 25 people were killed on Thursday in a police raid on a poor community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now, residents and local officials are demanding answers — and accountability.
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